East Middle School Leah Gonyeau, Principal | Jackie Truckey, Asst. Principal Important Dates Track Meet April 14, 2015 Orchestra/Choir Concert April 14, 2015 7:30 pm @ Gym Music Festival April 16, 2015 CMU Career Fair April 20, 2015 Track Meet April 21, 2015 Conferences April 22, 2015 3-7 pm @ EMS 8th Grade Formal Dance April 24, 2015 7-9 pm @ EMS Office Hours: 7:00-3:30 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 Main Office: (970) 254-5020 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us | Call in Absences Before 9am April 2015 A Message From the Principal: Dear Parents, I hope you enjoyed the Spring Break weather Grand Junction afforded us over our two week intermission. Now, a reminder of just how quickly Western Colorado can change its mind! There are several things coming up during the last 6 weeks of school that I would like to highlight; Besides testing – those schedules went home to families by email and hard copy to students without a parent email on file, but if you need a copy, please contact the main office and we will send one home – we have loads of opportunities for students to show what they have learned this year. On April 16th and 17th, our music students will perform at the Colorado West Music Festival. They gain so much experience in this and have an opportunity to shine in front of all the schools performing. Our music directors have been working extremely hard to prepare students for this exposure. On April 20th, our 8th grade students will be walking to Colorado Mesa University to take part in the Career Fair. On April 22nd, we will be hosting our last Parent/Teacher Conference of the year from 3-7 PM, in each teacher’s classrooms. Please drop in to consult with teachers to make sure we are all on the same page, regarding finishing the year strong and supporting your student’s learning. There is no school on Thursday, April 30th and Friday, May 1st. When we return from that, we will be introducing our incoming 6th graders to our campus through an orientation. The 5th graders will be bused to our building No School from their elementary school at 9:00 am and we will host them until 10:30 am April 30, 2015 that day. If you know of any students who are coming to our school from out of In This Issue: attendance area schools, please feel free to pass this information along. That CMU Career Fair 2 night, we will also host families of incoming students for an informational night Course Registration 2 in our gymnasium from 6-7 PM. Students from out of area schools can also Masonic Awards 3 register with counselors immediately afterwards. Mrs. Quinn 3 Incoming 6th Graders 4 Enrichment Day, an East Middle School tradition, is on May 15th. Students Enrichment Day 4 will be viewing their choices of enrichment opportunities in their homeroom NJHS News 4 classes on Friday, April 10th, and then selecting their enrichments the following Breakfast 5 week. Classes available include; Rock Climbing, Palisade Rim Hike, Yoga, Dress Code 5 Scrapbooking, Ride the River Trail, and many more! Future CHS Warriors 5 (continued on next page) Info For 7th Graders 6 East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 1 (continued from previous page) There is a charge and other required safety equipment for some of the enrichments so make sure your student informs you of those. Staff and students are very much looking forward to this day. Our last day for students includes our PRIDE Barbeque and Yearbook Party. It is with regret that in the past we have been blessed with donations to invite family members to this lunch, but that funding is unavailable to us now. We will have a field day and lunch for students before we send them home for the summer. It has been an amazingly full year for us – one that I hope that your child has grown measurably and immeasurably from experiencing. Have a great Spring! Sincerely, Leah Gonyeau, Principal 254-5020 CMU Career Fair 8th grade students from district middle schools will participate in the 3rd Annual Middle School College Day Fair at CMU on April 20th. Students will have the opportunity to interact with representatives from area businesses, local agencies, CMU and WCCC programs. Summer camp information and youth employment opportunities will also be available. • Permission slips will be handed out to students on 4-6-2015 and will need to be returned to 4th block teacher by 4-15-2015. • EMS students will attend the afternoon session. We will walk from EMS to CMU. Students will be back at EMS in order to catch their bus. • 8th grade students that DO NOT have discipline issues will be allowed to participate in this amazing opportunity. Students staying at EMS will be involved in an alternate activity. 6th and 7th Grade Course Registration Counselors will be going into classes in April to register students for their 2015-16 classes. Please contact Teresa Sheffield at 254-5020 if there are any questions. We will be changing the way we register our returning students for the 2015-2016 school year. Please stay tuned for details that will be communicated in the next newsletter! Developing Self-Management Skills July 20-21 and 23-24, 2015 Learn to: focus attention, develop social skills, manage time, organize materials, and manage technology. Instructor: Al Kreinberg Get more information at www.essentialsinlearning.com. East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 2 Revenues from ads in this newsletter help fund programs in our school. Please support these businesses by clicking on their ads. Annual Masonic Education Awards Congratulations to Patrick Roenicke for being chosen Masonic Teacher of the Year, and to 8th graders, Spencer Hurt and Hannah Stockemer for being selected as the Masonic Students of the Year! These individuals display excellence in and out of the classroom and go above and beyond. The staff at EMS is proud to be represented so well at the Annual Masonic Education Awards Ceremony on April 15, 2015. Sing-cerely Yours, Mrs. Quinn Our festival concert will be Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30pm! NOTE THE TIME ADJUSTMENT DUE TO A TRACK MEET! We will be able to set up the gym during school hours for this concert, so orchestra students will need to be in the orchestra room at 6:45pm in their performance attire and ready to tune and the choirs need to be in the band room at 7:05pm for warm ups. All the choirs and orchestras will be performing in the Colorado West Music Invitational Festival on Thursday, April 16. Check the separate flyer that will be coming home with your student along with the permission slip. WE NEED CHAPERONES FOR THIS EVENT! PLEASE CONTACT MRS. QUINN IF YOU CAN ASSIST. We would LOVE to see parents in the audience as we perform for judges!! Check the choir/orchestra room postings for camps this summer! Any student who participated in the Rock-A-Thon AND solo/small ensemble may apply for a scholarship in May to be used toward a summer camp or music related event over the summer. April 14 – Festival Choir/Orchestra Concert, 7:30pm (Gym) Time Adjustment! 16 – Colorado West Music Invitational Festival, Colorado Mesa University/Palisade High School (See flyers!) May 5 – 5th Grade Concert, EMS 6th Graders Perform, Morning (Gym) 5 – 6th Grade String Clinic, GJHS (Permission slips will be sent home!) 14 – Final Concert, 7:00pm East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 3 Revenues from ads in this newsletter help fund programs in our school. Please support these businesses by clicking on their ads. Information For Incoming 6th Graders Tuesday, May 5th from 9:00-10:30 is the 5th Grade Visitation Day. 5th grade students, who will be attending East Middle School in the fall, will visit East’s campus and become familiar with campus wide expectations, watch some of our music groups perform, meet with Cheetah Leadership students to play games and ask questions, and select the music class they would like to take next year. That same evening is also our 5th Grade Parent Information Night from 6:00-7:00. At that time, parents are invited to come and visit. There will be a small presentation in the gym and then a chance for parents to ask questions. Please contact, Dacia Ritterbush East Middle School 6th grade counselor, if you have questions. [email protected] or 254-5020 ext. 33126 Enrichment Day Enrichment Day is just around the corner (Friday, May 15th)! We have a great selection of classes to choose from and many community members and parents that have volunteered to host a class. Thank you! If you would like to volunteer to help out on the day of the event, please email Mrs. Sleigh at [email protected] d51schools.org. You can help out in a class, or you can help by donating supplies (bottled water for staff and volunteers leading classes or supplies for classes like yarn, pizza toppings, cookie decorations, scrapbooking supplies, old jeans, blank canvases, cookies). We are looking forward to this educational, fun day for the students. NJHS News NJHS members have been busy with service projects. 8th grade members have performed over 258 hours of service and 7th grade members have performed over 122 hours of service. Members have been helping out during swim meets, serving at their church, managing the wrestling team, fostering animals for Roice Hurst, baking items for fundraisers and performing many other acts of service. This month we will be helping restore trails during Community Stewardship Days sponsored by Mesa Land Trust and cleaning up the highway for CDOT. Be sure to check the NJHS bulletin board for service projects! East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 4 Revenues from ads in this newsletter help fund programs in our school. Please support these businesses by clicking on their ads. Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal of the Day Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating school breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior, and health. WHY INCREASE SCHOOL BREAKFAST PARTICIPATION • Children who eat a complete breakfast make fewer mistakes and work faster on math tests than children who eat a partial breakfast. • Children who eat breakfast at school, closer to class and test-taking time, perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home. BREAKFAST IMPROVES CHILDRENS’ OVERALL HEALTH • Children who eat breakfast tend to have more adequate nutrient intake than children who do not. • Children and adolescents who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight. Dress Code Reminders As the weather continues to warm up, please remind your student of our dress code expectations. In general, we expect all students to maintain good grooming and dress in a way that creates a safe and focused learning environment. In addition, no holes in the clothing above the knee that expose skin in pants or shorts are permitted. Shorts and skirts may not be shorter than mid-thigh and/or must be longer than the end of the person’s fingertips when they put their hands down to their side. We appreciate you helping your student with these dress code expectations before they leave for school each morning. Information For Future CHS Warriors During the month of March some of our 8th grade students met with counselors from Central High School to prepare for the transition to high school. Students attended a presentation about the requirements for graduation and were given materials to complete for preregistration for their freshmen year. If your student has still not completed the paperwork for Central or any other high school, please return the materials as soon as possible. Central will be hosting a Freshman Open House for students and families on Thursday, April 16. Open House from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Main Gym. Pre-AP/ AP Open House from 6:15 p.lm. to 7:15 p.m. in the Library and Fetter Hall. East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 5 Revenues from ads in this newsletter help fund programs in our school. Please support these businesses by clicking on their ads. Information For 7th Grade Families Dear Families, Every year, our team plans an end of the year raft trip for all 7th graders. We use a professional company, Adventure Bound River Expeditions, and hope to have all students participate. We have confirmed the trip information and wanted to pass it along to you as soon as possible. The date of the field trip is Tuesday, May 19. The students will be transported by bus from East Middle School to the Blue Heron boat ramp to meet with the raft company by 9:15. We will leave from there and float to the Fruita boat area, where the buses will pick us up and bring us back to EMS. An alternative field trip is a hike from the Bangs Canyon trailhead to the Mica Mines. The bus schedule will be the same and all students will return to campus between 1:001:30 that afternoon. The cost of the raft trip is $38 and checks must be made payable to Adventure Bound. The hiking field trip is $3 and students may bring cash (we will issue a receipt), or please make checks payable to East Middle School. All students will need to bring their own lunch. Our school cafeteria will offer sack lunches for anyone who pre-orders and provides lunch account information. Permission slips and information forms were handed out to the students April 9, and all papers must be signed and returned to 2nd Block teachers no later than May 1. Any student having missing or incomplete paperwork by 3:00, on May 1, will be offered an alternative activity on school campus for May 19th. We are hoping that all students will have the opportunity to go on a field trip. We realize that the cost may be prohibitive to some families and are asking for scholarship funds if any families are able to contribute. Students that would like to apply for a scholarship may speak to their 2nd Block teacher and will be required to write a request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly. Thanks!! 7th Grade Team Mike Warner, Mickey Mantlo, Taylor Hale, Julie Elliott, Larkin Beaman, Nancy McFarlin East Middle School| (970) 254-5020 | 830 Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 | ems.mesa.k12.co.us| Page 6 Revenues from ads in this newsletter help fund programs in our school. Please support these businesses by clicking on their ads.
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